Pentagon chief orders additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan

Updated 2017-09-01 09:01:20 Xinhua
File photo: Afghan army soldiers inspect at the site of a U.S. bombing in Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Rahman Safi)

File photo: Afghan army soldiers inspect at the site of a U.S. bombing in Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Rahman Safi)

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that he has signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that he will not reveal details until he briefs Congress next week.

However, he said that the additional troops will include advisers and support personnel that will enable the Afghan force to fight more effectively.

U.S. media have reported that about 4,000 more troops will be deployed in Afghanistan.

The move came after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his new Afghanistan strategy Monday night in a national address, calling a rapid exit of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan "unacceptable" and pledging a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.

On Wednesday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that 11,000 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan, thousands more than the previously acknowledged 8,400.

The 8,400 number did not include troops on temporary assignment, according to the Pentagon.

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